Ways to prevent a predator from attacking livestock or pets

As people move further away from cities and develop natural environments into houses, predators find increasingly less room to roam and less of their natural food source to be found. As a result, predators are forced into our communities to locate other sources of food and shelter. Confining a potential source of food to an area, such as your trashcans, or introducing new prey, such as free-roaming cats, often attracts predators because it offers a potential meal.  The list below offers possible solutions if a predatory animal is in your midst.

  • If a predator is doing no harm other than controlling local rabbit or squirrel populations, learn to cohabitate in peace.  They are providing an important function in the ecosystem.
  • Pen your animals up at night or bring them inside at dusk.  It is the best protection against predatory animals, and your pet will enjoy the warmth and security of the indoors.
  • Acquiring a larger animal such as a llama or miniature donkey also deters predators and offers some defense to smaller animals. Such animals may not be allowed in certain areas, so check with your local authorities before acquiring a large animal.

Ultimately, each city or county has its own regulations on predator control. To find out all your options, call your local governmental agencies and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissions at (919) 707-0050.